The Boston Musical Intelligencer
March 16, 2014
Expectations: Longwood Dashes, Deveau Fulfills
…For Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, “Emperor,” enter pianist David Deveau to set a new, true tenor for the evening. His sureness of touch measured from the introductory keyboard-length arpeggios and high trilling to the out-and-out allure of the ornately textured passagework throughout the interior Adagio un poco mosso. That ninth note of the Rondo theme burst again and again firework-like under his fingers propelling the piano and orchestra dialogue to a fulfilling close.
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Photo by Sarah Yu
From the MIT Homepage:
Under the microscope, they look like art: a red dapple with green crescents, deep blue and purple spots, angular green dabs. But these are actually cells, highlighted with fluorescent dyes and antibodies, that MIT senior Nathan Kipniss grows and studies.
Kipniss — a biological engineering major — does synthetic biology research in the laboratory of Ron Weiss, an associate professor of computer science and biological engineering. There, he and other researchers manipulate genetic code to “program” stem cells in order to create more complex structures, such as liver and pancreatic tissues.
Also a cellist in the MIT Symphony Orchestra (MITSO), and former house chair of Simmons Hall, Kipniss grew up in Schenectady, N.Y., with his mother and twin brother. His mother, a nurse, fostered Kipniss’ early interest in science. When he was 8, she gave him a microscope kit complete with glass slides of real human tissues, carefully prepared by a histologist in the hospital where she worked. Peering through the lens, Kipniss was in awe. “It was fascinating to see tissues from the body in such detail,” Kipniss recalls.
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From The Boston Musical Intelligencer’s preview and interview with Longwood Symphony music director Ronald Feldman:
Tell us about your collaborative history with pianist David Deveau and how you chose to invite him to play the Emperor Concerto.
When I engage a soloist I ask for concerto preferences. David was partial to the Emperor. It’s a monumental concerto, one I was very happy to program! The first movement alone is a meal in itself, if you will excuse the culinary metaphor. It is what I call an anchor piece, in other words a work that is part of the core of the symphonic repertory.
All throughout my professional life I have collaborated with many artists, composers, pianists, string players, wind players, conductors, etc. I have had the very good fortune to work with David on many occasions. He’s been my soloist and chamber music collaborator many times over the years. In short, David is a maestro. He is a wonderful pianist, a complete musician. Tradition, historical context, musical knowledge and anecdotes are all a part of working with David. We always have great fun putting things together and then celebrating the aftermath.
We’re going to put on a nice show on Saturday!
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7:30pm, Wednesday, March 12. Killian Hall. Free.
Keyboard player, conductor, and researcher specializing in medieval repertoires, David Catalunya cultivates a double profile as a performer and musicologist. He has brought the sound of his clavisimbalum to the most prestigious concert halls and Early Music festivals throughout Europe. He is regularly invited to give courses and master-classes at international centers of Early Music, such as the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Grieg Academy, and the ESMUC in Barcelona. This event was funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT.
Written by Chris Remington
March 7, 2014
MIT Director Jay Scheib Takes Theater to the Tech Age
For the conventional theater aficionado, a Jay Scheib production could be a tough sell. His modernized version of Chekhov’s “Platonov” just finished a run in New York City.
Scheib, both a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and a Guggenheim Fellow, has developed a trademark style by capturing the acting on stage with an HD camera for a simulcast film presentation — for this performance it was titled “The Disinherited.”
The talented actors in “Platonov,” which was unpublished until 1923, proved their skill both on the stage and on the big screen. At the start of the performance, the maid, Jacob, played passionately by Laine Rettmer, recounts the plight of intractable debt and a graphic suicide attempt through a riveting monologue. During the climatic moments of her speech, Scheib films a close-up of her face, displaying trickles of tears. “The camera opens the space — it provides me more real estate to work with,” explains Scheib during a coffee shop interview near the theater. “It changes the architecture of the play, which is crucial to the psychology behind it.”
March 8 | Sat | Homegrown Portraits. MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Frederick Harris, Jr., Music Director. Mark Harvey, guest conductor-composer. Featuring a world premiere composition by Adrian Grossman ’14, a new arrangement of Mingus’ Portrait by Peter Godart’15, De-Evolution Blues & Saxophrenia by Dr. Mark Harvey, and music by Guillermo Klein, Kenny Werner, Jamshied Sharifi, and Thelonious Monk. General admission $5; Free, in advance only via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Tickets: http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/and at the door.
The Jupiter String Quartet’s Beethoven Cycle at MIT
March 7 | Fri | MIT Guest Artist Series presents: the Jupiter Quartet in the second concert as part of the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle performances at MIT (2013-2015). Beethoven: Quartet in G Major, Op.18, no. 2; Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 ‘Harp’; Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, no. 2. 8pm, Kresge Auditorium. General admission $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite, to MIT community with MIT email address. Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com/ and at the door. Funded in part by the Center for Arts, Science and Music and Theater Arts at MIT.
Photo: L Barry Hetherington
March 5 | Wed | MTA Composer Forum presents: Charles Shadle, MIT Senior Lecturer in Music and Theater Arts. Western Saddlebag: Cowboy Songs and the Craft of Composition.
The talk will focus on Western Saddlebag a newly composed suite of arrangements of traditional cowboy melodies for piano. 5pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109. Free. Refreshments will follow.
March 6 | Thu | “Open-Score Introduction to the Beethoven Quartets” hosted by MIT Lecturer in Music Teresa Neff and the Jupiter Quartet. Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2; Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”; Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2. The Jupiter Quartet will present the works on their 8pm, March 7 Kresge Auditorium concert and play excerpts, with scores and facsimiles available for use by the audience. Q and A and reception following. 6:30pm, Lewis Music Library, 14E-109. Free. Refreshments will follow.
MIT pianist David Deveau will be performing the Emperor Concerto with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra (Ronald Feldman, music director) on Saturday, March 15 at 8pm in Jordan Hall. Here’s the link for tickets: